Explore the most popular hiking trails in Harriman State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Quick getaway for NYC resident. We completed the trail in approximately 4.5 hours (with a 30 minute detour off the white trail and a 20 minute meal break at the top of the blue trail) with two fit adults and a 45lb beagle dog. Trail markings at times missing, which, thankful for the free Alltrails app with prior free download of the trails.

Some dos and dont's:
Go counter-clockwise, as recommended by many on this page (white - blue - orange - red - yellow). Yellow trail is along the water and brings you back to the parking lot, but minimal trail markings to find the merger from the red trail. To find the orange from the blue - take the left fork when descending from the highest point of blue. Especially if bringing a dog go counter-clockwise because of the rock scramble on the blue trail. 80 degree angle at points.

Wear waterproof boots is a must - no tennis shoes.

We arrived at 10am and there were only 3 parking spots remaining (in both the visitor center and the dirt lot across the road), however, cars were parked adjacent to the center on the main road by the time we left.

Challenging but do-able for a 50-something amateur and a 9-year old. There are some great views along the way, notably from Fingerboard Mountain, that are even better once leaves are off the trees. You walk by an interesting old mine, and also two gorgeous wetlands with very tall grasses. A couple of spots where the trail marks could be better (see our notes on our recording to see where those were), and some brief stretches of muddy, wet path. But otherwise: highly recommended

Trail is well Marked but we still got lost once or twice as there's quite a few sharp turns.

Pretty nice trail, I would rate it easy except for that steep part on the blue dot which is moderate difficulty, would recommend doing it counter clock wise, otherwise it would be more scetchy going down on blue dot. A bit too crowded.

hiking
4 days ago

Easy and pleasant Many options just follow Alltrail;s map

Great trail overall. We did the red, blue, and then white but I would recommend the opposite (white, blue and then red). Since the blue was a STEEP downhill, it made going down for our dogs very difficult. Other than that part, we all had a great time! And also, wear waterproof shoes/boots! Getting your them soaked is almost inevitable.

hiking
5 days ago

A bit challenging for kids and beginners but really a nice trail for the family. We started along the green blazed long path and both kids (2 and 4 yo) did the first mile on their two feet. That took about 2 hours, so then the little one went up in the carrier and we continued on to the yellow then white with red triangle trails to complete the approx 3 mile loop. The 4 year old did the whole thing with a couple tough spots but she loved it. It took us a little less than 4 hours. We only stopped a few minutes here and there for water or a quick lunch. A couple relatively challenging stream crossings (for little legs) and a nice spot where the yellow meets the white/red triangle trails with some little waterfalls. I am glad we did it clockwise- the more challenging and rockier parts seemed to be in the first mile and on fresh legs. The yellow trail is wider and white with red triangle more rolling hills. All made for a really nice day hike from Long Island.

Thank you below to La Gattons. We navigated around the flooded section to the left like you mentioned and it helped immensely! When you get to that flooded part, go left of that area and through the woods and up some slight hills. You'll start seeing some pink and blue ribbons, follow those until you start seeing the red and white markers and you can follow those all the way back to the parking lot. We did the white markers all the way until they merged with the red and white. If you do white to red and white the whole way it's a big loop and that will get you back to the elk parking lot trailhead. All in all a great hike, awesome lake, beautiful scenery throughout. My gf and I thought it was mostly pretty easy to moderate, but we do hike a lot. Not too challenging.

Overall one of the top hikes I’ve been on. It took us about 4.5hrs (but we stayed at the top for about 45 min). We originally read that we should do white - blue - orange - red .. but after speaking to other hikers along the way we were advised to do white - blue - red .. we did this but be very careful because compared to other hikes I’ve been on the trail was not well marked and at times it was difficult to find the next marker which made it a bit confusing. I would recommend wearing boots as it was very wet and at times muddy.

this is a ez and beautiful hike!

hiking
11 days ago

Excellent hike. Shaded. It had rained heavily the night before, and the trail was often muddy; long portions of the trail had water flowing down the trail. Very crowded on an unseasonably warm November day--more than 300 cars were parked at the trailhead at 1pm. Took us 3.5 hours (two fit adults carrying a baby in a baby backpack). Some people were struggling with the rock scramble, but we thought it was fairly straightforward.

Hiking today for first time with our dog and I love it but it’s shouldn’t be rated moderate but hard and at some areas experience hikers only,I had to push my dog up the rocks but still it was very exiting

This is a great hike! A pleasant mix of woods, water, and rocky outcroppings. This is a good hike for physically able, school age children as there are lots of places to spread out and many areas to stop and enjoy the natural surroundings. During times when there has been lots of rain the trail is very soggy. I don’t recommend tennis shoes for this hike. It requires sturdy, waterproof shoes or hiking boots. We did the red to yellow to blue to orange back to red trails for the loop. Blue going down from the top is more of a scramble at the beginning.

hiking
12 days ago

This is my favorite hike for when I’m home visiting my family (currently live in NYC). It’s a beautiful mix of trees, flowers and water. It’s even fun in the snow. Always fun!

Worst trail I ever did . Got lost multiple times

Hardly any markings to keep you on the right path. Very easy to get lost. Not a good trail at all.

hiking
17 days ago

Great hike but don't take it without a map. Easy to get lost, not hard but long. Breathtaking views and nice changes to vegetation and rocks during the hike. Bring water, you'll need it. The last section was flooded, but if you turn left you can make it and be back at the parking lot.

A gorgeous route! I almost exactly followed this route (with a little detour through the woods to get around some flooding!) and it was 8.5 miles. Took me 3 hours at quite a fast pace.

Absolutely beautiful the whole way around - the fall colors right now are spectacular. (October 24). I went mid week and almost had the place to myself. I want to go back in summer and swim in the pristine pond (which is more lake in size).

This hike is moderate to hard. There are some steep bits but apart from the beginning, the climbs aren’t long - there’s plenty of flat & downhill too. Most of the hike is in the trees - until you get up on top which is enormous bare rocks speckled with alpine plants. Really lovely view up there - well worth the climb.

Highly recommend the Lemon Squeezer!

You definitely need this app to follow the route - I needed to follow it most of the way around which wasn’t ideal as I need both hands to balance on the rocky terrain. Certainly if you’re doing this route at pace and may miss the signing which inconsistent and in fall there are leaves underfoot covering the paths.

Tips: wear footwear with lots of grip - there is a lot of rock which would be slippery when wet. I’d also recommend hiking boots more than trail shoes, as you have much needed ankle support as the paths are rather uneven.

See my recorded route for the detour around the flooding. It’s roughly in between Island Pond and Lake Stahahe - very close to Green Pond. It does involve a scramble over some big rocks, but pretty fun! I recommend going clockwise so this part is the last leg of your route. Leave spare shoes and socks in the car in case your feet get wet.

The 4 stars is only relative to the best hikes I’ve ever done in more dramatic surroundings in Maine, Utah & California. Still a great hike. So wonderful to have beautiful country just 90mins from Brooklyn - I will be back!

This is one of my favorite trails in Harriman! Great views from multiple peaks.

backpacking
25 days ago

Great hike! A bunch of really nice features: running Brooks, waterfalls, scramble, ledge/peaks. Definitely go counter clockwise to avoid coming down the blue trail scramble. It’s pretty steep and can be slippery. I went on a solo hike mid October weekday. Arrived at lot at 12:00 noon, it was full. Even some cars on the road. Still I only saw about 4 groups of 2-4 people on the whole hike. The waterfall on the north side of the loop is gorgeous. Plenty of spots to sit and have lunch or just soak it all in. Lots of rocks too, definitely wear boots. I stopped many times and hike pretty slow, and I finished within 4 hours. I’d hike it again!

Good hike- there are some rocky hill bits and my ankles were sore by the end. The forest is lovely and at least on this cold fall day I didn't see too many other people. Fair amount of parking space at the Elk Pen lot too.

Be advised that as of today (10/21/18), the AS trail southwest of the Island Pond is still flooded out. I hiked around it by going off-trail and scrambling for a bit til I recovered the path a ways away (you can't really get lost if you keep the pond on one side and distant traffic noises ahead), but it's tricky and I don't recommend it for everyone. It looks significant enough to be a permanent shift in the lake, and they probably need to reroute the trail in that area.

Really beautiful trail. A lot of flat parts and then sudden steep scrambles. Only a couple of lookouts

hiking
26 days ago

The trails were great, the view was amazing and we enjoyed climbing the rocks. It added some cardio into our hike.

This Hike was OK, got really crowded by the shelter and the road walking at the end isnt so great since people fly down the street. The lake was very nice especially with the fall colors. Not many views unless you add in the short spur to Black Mountain which I highly recommend you do, adds about 250ft of extra elevation gain to your total hike but you get to a very nice lookout point and also get to summit a MTN which also has amazing views of the Hudson on top. PS Trail is very rocky in some spots so make sure you have a good pair of boots.

Fun trail! A piece is still under water but you can get around it in the forest - just detour around and then back to the trail. Took 3:45 at a leisurely pace, a good one for the area!

Really Beautiful. The only reason I give it 4 stars is because at night there isn't enough yellow reflective patch on the trees to navigate out towards the parking lot. It was a bit difficult, but with my offline map, the grace of God, instinct, cellphone lights and the help of our friend Charles, we were able to navigate back to the Parking lot after dark.

Such a fun experience. If you are novice, you will be able to do this trail. Make sure you start in the morning and give yourself extra time.

Excellent hike, followed blue up and white down. Trail adequately marked though I wish I had a map to ensure I was making the full loop. Had to help my agile pup up the scrambles a few times, otherwise he was good on his own. Views are definitely worth the hike.

hiking
29 days ago

Beautiful hike!! I am planning to do it again. So bad I didn’t have this app when I hiked for the first time.

Great trail easy to add onto, many streams, not a ton of elevation, only a couple good viewpoints. We added on by taking the white trail back to the red trail. Would Definitely recommend.

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